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Pascal Erhel Hatuuku, Unesco project leader, explains the symbolic value of the ancestral twin pirogue to enhance environmental communication and awareness in the Pacific.
Going back in time to consider the origins of Polynesian peoples, scientists examined archeological, ethnolinguistical, ethnobotanical and genetical evidence. Their conclusion: Polynesians arrived from Southeast Asia, probably from Taiwan.
Two important books will take you on a voyage across the Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas.
The first one, “Protect Mediterranean Cetaceans” tells you everything there is to know about these marine mammals, based on a 12-year study by WWF France.
Take a kite, attach a camera to it, and let the winds guide it… The result is amazing! Marion Broquère and Simon Nancy, creators of the small Mauritanian organisation “En Haut!”, will present this simple, ecological and cost-effective aerial-photography technique.
Their work focuses mainly on the West African coast, in collaboration with research institutes, national parks and NGOs.
Raphaela Le Gouvello is known for her sporting achievements. But she is also involved in a diverse range of adventurous projects. For example with her windsurf she crossed the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Oceans as well as the Mediterranean.
Over the timeless waters then emerges a new project: to be involved in marine conservation.
The congress is not only about serious, technical workshops and knowledge cafés! It is also about envisioning new outlooks, visiting distant shores and networking with different people. This is where the Ocean+ Pavilion fits in.
One of its major objectives is to introduce the notion of Oceankind, the trademark theme of this congress: fostering a society that is aware of the sea. The Ocean + Pavilion emphasizes the societal dimensions of the oceans. It turns the spotlight on the involvement of civil society – local communities, collectivities, users, industries – in innovative networks, often relying on new technologies. Among its guests are not only scientists but also prominent personalities and artists.
Tara. A schooner travelling the world for three years during which time marine scientists took turns on board to study the plankton. Never before a vast study of this ecosystem has been undertaken.
Plankton is influenced by climate, and vice versa. With the current changes, there is an urgency to predict changes in the plankton.